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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release August 1, 2011

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

Certified Local Government grant applications due Aug. 31

Program encourages historic preservation at city, county levels

(DES MOINES) – The State Historic Preservation Office is reminding Iowa cities, counties and land-use districts that a deadline for submitting Certified Local Government (CLG) grant applications is Aug. 31, 2011.

The CLG grant program is open only to Iowa cities, counties and land-use districts that have signed a CLG agreement with the state of Iowa and the National Park Service. In addition, CLG cities, counties and land-use districts must be in good standing and current in their submission of Iowa CLG Annual Report forms.

CLG applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. Aug. 31, 2011, at the State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa, 50309. Applications postmarked on or before Aug. 31, 2011, will also be accepted by SHPO.

The CLG program was created as part of the National Historic Preservation Act to support local governments’ historic preservation programs. Iowa cities and counties designated as a CLG are eligible to apply for the grants, which can be used to underwrite the following historic preservation activities:

  • planning for preservation
  • survey and evaluation
  • registration of a property or district to the National Register of Historic Places or to a municipal or county registry
  • pre-development of a historic property
  • public education
  • planning

The CLG program also encourages local governments to follow the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards & Guidelines for Archaeology and Historic Preservation in their preservation programs; provides training and technical assistance through the State Historic Preservation Office; provides funding to underwrite various historic preservation activities; and creates a federal, state, and local governmental partnership in historic preservation.

Iowa cities and counties are encouraged to visit www.iowahistory.org or contact Paula Mohr at 515-281-6826 or paula.mohr@iowa.gov for more information.

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The State Historical Society of Iowa is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and is a trustee of Iowa’s historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa’s past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa’s historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state. Visit www.iowahistory.org or call 515-281-5111 for more information.

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